Seismic Specifications For MEP & F Systems
While many seismic specifications are integrated into the vibration isolation specification section, we recognize this as a contributor to many problems associated with seismic code compliance.
A well defined stand-alone specification section which states proper code reference information, a method to meet code and a rigid submittal process will ensure seismic bracing is addressed.
Below you will find ISAT specifications for addressing seismic requirements for the referenced code. The specification is designed to provide clear guidance to proper code sections and methods desired to meet code. In addition, a specific submittal process is referenced which is critical to demonstrate code compliance. This submittal process and content is carefully structured to initiate proper consideration for seismic at bid time and at the onset of a project. Dealing with seismic bracing early is the best way to streamline code compliance. If submittals are not addressed at the beginning of a project, it should send caution signs to the oversight team. These seismic layout drawings and submittals referenced are also used as an inspection tool for the quality assurance professional. In many cases, the local municipality is not staffed or informed enough to inspect the bracing, therefore they virtually assume it is done correctly.
Please reference the links below for the appropriate specifications and for other relevant areas of the site. In addition, visiting our Specification Review page would offer further insight